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(NAPS)—Here’s a treat just about ev- eryone is sure to adore.  Loaded with fresh herbs, it’s a guaca- mole that’s a nutritious snack anytime of the day.

Green Goddess Guacamole With Harvest Stone® Organic Crackers

Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4

2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted 1/4 cup light sour cream

2 Tbsp lime juice
2 Tbsp finely chopped shallot
2 Tbsp each finely chopped fresh

parsley and cilantro

(NAPSA)-Here's a simple-to-prepare, all-in-one main dish with bistro roots. Made with seasonal vegetables, affordable chicken thighs and mashed potatoes flavored with creamy, mellow-nutty Jarlsberg cheese, it could easily become a family favorite.

Chicken Fricassee

            2          tablespoons olive oil

            6          tablespoons butter, divided

(NAPS)—Good news for many parents who wonder what to do when the kids come home from school ravenous and dinner is hours away: According to the experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), it’s perfectly fine to let them have a snack when hunger strikes between meals.

Just be sure, the NIH adds, that it’s a healthful snack and the portions are right.

That’s just as well, considering that snacking is rising across all ages and genders—94 percent of people say they snack daily, according to market researcher Mintel.

(NAPS)—If you or someone you care about is among the estimated 150 million women who’ll have a urinary tract infection (UTI) this year, you may be relieved to know that cranberry juice may be a nutritional approach to help avoid the infection in the first place.

The Problem

Approximately 60 percent of women will experience a UTI in their lifetimes and one in four will suffer a recurrence within six months.

(NAPS)—Even when summer is only a distant memory, there’s no need to give up the benefits of consuming fresh produce.

Here are five ways to infuse recipes with seasonal fruits and vegetables at any time.


1. Simplify mealtime. It’s easy to whip up a satisfying meal bowl with this formula: grain + protein + vegetables. The result? A meal that is deliciously personalized to your taste.

(NAPS)—Maraschino cherries can add eye appeal to beverages, desserts, ice cream, salads and other dishes. They’re available with or without stems for different decorating effects. One great way to enjoy them is by following this recipe by Carol Kicinski, Simply Gluten Free, Inc.:

Cherry Chocolate Chip Mini Bundt Cakes


NAPS)—Looking for an inspired, affordable holiday gift this season? The key ingredient may already be in your kitchen: Apples, a perfect centerpiece for a custom, create-your-own gift basket.

NAPS)—During the busy holi- day season, many families find they’re looking for quick and easy meals that are both comforting and festive. For- tunately, following these four hints can help.

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(NAPS)—With the arrival of the fall season comes the return of every football fan’s favorite American tradition: tailgating! Here are a few tips and tricks that will help you prepare for game day this year:

•Make sure you’re ready before the game by making a list of everything you need.

•Also check for tailgating rules on the stadium website.

•Cook and prepare ingredients before the outing so you spend less time behind the grill.

(NAPS)—If you are looking for affordable ways to get more energy-boosting protein in your diet, you may want to try peanuts and peanut butter.

With 7 grams per serving, peanuts have more protein than any nut. Coupled with their more than 30 essential vitamins and nutrients, peanuts are considered by many food experts to be a “super food” capable of providing lasting energy. That’s why they can be a smart addition to your diet any time of the day.